If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease.
What is Convalescent Plasma?
Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 patients develop antibodies in the blood against the virus. Antibodies are proteins that might help fight the infection. Convalescent plasma is being investigated for the treatment of COVID-19 because there is no approved treatment for this disease and there is some information that suggests it might help some patients recover from COVID-19.
I Have Fully Recovered From COVID-19. Am I Eligible to Donate Plasma?
People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks are encouraged to consider donating plasma, which may help save the lives of other patients. COVID-19 convalescent plasma must only be collected from recovered individuals if they are eligible to donate blood. Individuals must have had a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test and meet other donor criteria. Individuals must have complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days before they donate, or alternatively have no symptoms for at least 14 days prior to donation and have a negative lab test for active COVID-19 disease.
How Can I Donate Convalescent Plasma?
Several resources are available regarding options to donate convalescent plasma in your area. To learn more and find the site nearest you:
- AABBExternal Link Disclaimer
- America’s Blood CentersExternal Link Disclaimer
- American Red CrossExternal Link Disclaimer
- Blood Centers of AmericaExternal Link Disclaimer
- CoVIg-19 Plasma AllianceExternal Link Disclaimer
- Flyer: Consider Donating Blood PlasmaExternal Link Disclaimer (Houston Methodist)
- National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma ProjectExternal Link Disclaimer
- Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association